Cannabis industry professionals gather in Portland as budding retail market takes shape

October 10th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

A group of cannabis industry professionals who met in Portland on Tuesday night learned that the rules governing Maine’s adult-use marijuana law likely will be fully implemented by next fall, paving the way for businesses to sell pot and consumers to buy it.

About 40 industry professionals gathered at the Press Hotel in downtown Portland for the Northeast Quarterly Cannibas Caucus, an event organized by the National Cannabis Industry Association in Washington, D.C. The caucus is an educational and networking event designed to update cannabis professionals on the latest in policy and industry developments.

Maine voters approved an initiative to legalize adult marijuana use in November 2016, but the measure has still not been fully implemented.

“Since then we’ve had a real battle with the Legislature and the governor over adult-use marijuana,” David Boyer, Maine political director for the Marijuana Policy Project, told the gathering.

In May, the Legislature overturned a veto by Gov. Paul LePage that would have again stalled the legal sale of recreational marijuana. That set in motion the writing of the rules that will create the framework for Maine’s retail marijuana industry.

In July, the Legislature voted overwhelmingly to override LePage’s veto , which led to a sweeping medical marijuana reform bill. The reform bill will allow patients to use marijuana if a doctor deems it medically beneficial; grants six new medical dispensary licenses; permits caregivers to expand their business operations; and gives the state and municipalities more power to regulate them.

“We have a new

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